Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Was she serious?


On Saturday, the two bus shelter posters had been graffiti-ed.  Fortunately with marker that could be scraped off with an exacto knife and with lipstick which rubbed off. 

The to-be-expected slogan "My body, my choice" with the added line "my rules". 

Then the same sign was marked again, this time with "Every sperm is sacred". 

Are they serious?  surely no one thinks that a sperm is life, in the same way that the conceived zygote is life.  But perhaps they do.

A woman stopped by the 40 Days vigil and talked to my husband and another man praying and this was something that she said as well. That sperm is potential life. 

So I wonder if perhaps people are really that lacking in basic biology. I thought this was a joke to say that sperm is sacred, but some might actually think this is so, and therefore they can dismiss the pro-life cause because everyone dismisses sperm without a second thought.  Is that the reasoning?

Basic biology lesson: in order for a life to be created, it requires one sperm and one egg from the same species. Once the egg is fertilized, a different and unique entity is formed. This entity has within it everything that it needs to grow and develop into a full human being. It is not a potential life, it is a life with potential. The organism has within itself the blueprint whereby it directs its own growth and maturity, something that the sperm and egg cannot do on their own. That is the reason the organism conceived is quite different from the parts that joined to create it. Yes, they were living entities, but sperms and eggs do not have within their makeup the ability to grow into anything but what they already are.

An acorn shares exactly the same reality. An oak tree produces flowers which are pollinated, and then the acorn forms. That acorn contains within itself everything required to grow a new oak tree. It has in its makeup everything that makes an oak tree an oak tree.

Should that acorn fall into suitable soil and receive water and nutrients for growth, it will break through the ground as a little stem and, with favourable conditions, it will grow larger and taller. We don't recognize it as an oak tree until it begins to look like an oak tree rather than some other kind of tree. And we don't see the zygote looking like a human being until it reaches a certain point where it is recognizable by the naked eye as a human being.  But it is one all the same, just as the acorn is an oak tree. 

Every living organism requires suitable conditions for its growth. For people to say that the baby in utero is dependent upon its mother for its life, and therefore should be considered a part of her body to do with as she pleases, is no different than saying the newly born baby is dependent upon others and therefore we should be able to do with it as we will. That kind of dependence, physical dependence upon another for nutrition, warmth, and a safe environment is required by many of us and not just while we are in the womb. Try leaving a six-month old alone in a room for a few days and see what happens. You will rightly be charged with homicide, due to neglect.

Perhaps the vandal who wrote on the bus shelter poster was not serious. But I have my doubts. There is an incredible amount of ignorance out there on certain basic facts. And knowledge brings responsibility. We owe it to ourselves and to others to be knowledgeable and to leave ignorance behind.

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